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The Fifties

Narrated by: Robertson Dean
Length: 34 hrs and 44 mins
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The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the 10 years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower, Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon; but also of Harley Earl, who put fins on cars; Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray Kroc, who mass-produced the American hamburger; Kemmons Wilson, who placed his Holiday Inns along the nation's roadsides; U-2 pilot Gary Francis Powers; Grace Metalious, who wrote Peyton Place; and "Goody" Pincus, who led the team that invented "the pill".

A New York Times best seller

©2012 David Halberstam (P)2018 Random House Audio

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one of the very best

I have listened to hundreds of audible books, and this is without question one of the best.
Halberstam's writing, coupled with Dean's reading is sublime perfection-if you will excuse my redundancy.

At 34 hours it may seem daunting to begin, but I was longing for more at its end.

A hearty Bravo to both for this gem.

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Best book of the year

Scholarly and down to earth this book is full of wonderful memories and insight into the post World War Two decade. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this astounding book.

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What a wild ride!

This book focuses on individuals who lived in and helped bring about a revolution - actually many revolutions - in American life. It really is eye opening to learn what was really happening when we were growing up. Superbly written.

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Long, but extraordinary

the narrator and the length make never offer too much energy, but the level of which each topic is explored is truly incredible. Never over-analyzed, each chapter flows and teaches without judgement.

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  • Celia
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  • 03-07-19

Like a box of jewels!

Each chapter is a delight. It either explains something you have heard of all your life but never really knew much about, or it vividly recalls something dear to your heart. Anyone born in the 50's will find this book fascinating.

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The author did his work! it's a fascinating decade

I knew of the author. David Halberstam, from his book on the Kennedy administration, "The Best and The Brightest." However, this book about the "Fifties" climbs into every nook and cranny of the '50s and it's happenings. From the start of our "on the ground involvement in Vietnam (and why) to the convention that picks Kennedy to run against Nixon. In particular, I found the Korean War section very enlightening. I came away thinking that Eisenhower was a very good president of our USA. I was born in 1956. So, the actual events were before my remembrances started. That's why I thought I'd try this book. The other thing to mention is that the author is a journalist and writes from that perspective. The reader is a good match and gets every word correctly pronounced. Also, the reader is a good actor when he needs to be. The actual beginnings of the book nicely unpack the Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court decision (9-0). And throughout the book, Halberstam pays close attention to every part of the Civil Rights movement that occurs during the '50s. I'm going to go out on a limb here. I believe that the author is one of the 20th centuries' best. Bar none. He worked hard. And it paid off. I may purchase the hardback for my physical library. It's a fabulous listen and probably a great read as well as listen. Enjoy!

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  • NK
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The Fifties

The book is a great summary of various events that occurred during this time with some overlap into earlier and later times. The section on the integration process was very informative and I learned quite a bit about it through this book. As with these books it sparks your interest in topics discussed so that you can jump off into more detailed books of the events. Well worth the time to listen through. Mr. Robertson Dean has a pleasant voice and good tempo. Although 34 hours it was not a chore to get through this audiobook.